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‘Laurel’ or ‘Yanny’ is the new viral controversy driving our ears crazy


Remember “the dress” that tore apart the internet in 2015? There’s a new viral web controversy that has people questioning their senses — and the senses of others.

It seems simple enough, but an audio clip of a robotic voice of has listeners taking sides over whether they hear the word “Laurel” or “Yanny.”

It all started when Cloe Feldman, under the handle @CloeCouture, posted the clip to Twitter on Monday.

By Wednesday morning, it had more than 10 million views, the post had been retweeted more than 48,000 times and #Laurel was a top trending topic in the United States.

Explanations and think pieces about the phenomenon by the national media flooded the internet, including takes by CNN, the New York Times, Fox News, The Atlantic and Vox.

Feldman posted a video to YouTube on Tuesday explaining that her sister found the clip on a Reddit thread, but original creator was unknown.

Like with the infamous dress three years ago, which some people saw as white and gold and others swore was blue and black, people were incredulous that anybody could hear the clip any differently than they heard it.

Two area police departments, Gilbert and Avondale, were #TeamLaurel.

But former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer wasn’t having it.

She had some powerful company, the U.S. Department of Defense.

It wasn’t hard to figure out which sound musician Yanni heard.

So what’s causing the discrepancy? It apparently has something to do with people being attuned to different frequencies, which affects how the sound is interpreted.

But no scientific explanation is going to convince you that it says “Yanny” when you hear “Laurel,” or the other way around.

Let us know in the comments what you heard.

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